John Makes Whoopee (1929)

Recently added “John Makes Whoopee” is a mysterious film shot at Jantzen Beach Amusement Park, which was considered the ‘Coney Island’ of the west until the land became more valuable than admission sales.

A young farmer leaves behind his patient fiancé to seek adventure and fortune in the big city of Portland, Oregon.   Upon arrival by train, rides and games quickly turn in to a “chance” encounter with a woman of questionable morality.  Showcased by the Oregon Historical Society and preserved from the original 16mm at Color Lab with funding by the National Film Preservation Foundation in 2015.

Mara of the Wilderness (1965)

NOW PLAYING:  Adam West as a forest ranger (Adam West) protecting a girl (Linda Saunders) raised by wolves from a man (Theo Marcuse) who wants to sell her to a freak show.
Actually, this is a well put together film that somehow struggled to find theatrical release until its premiere in Mexico in 1966.  The absurd idea that Mara is raised by wolves was not because she was prettier than Evil Roy Slade, but was due to the fact she was introduced into the pack by her two pet wolf cubs.  You almost believe that an accepting wolf pack is feasible until you realize that she’s wearing their skin as well.

Ring of Fire (1961)

A tale of two Oregon sheriff’s deputies kidnapped by a group of young punks.  One of the punks is played by actor Frank Gorshim, who played he riddle in the 60’s Batman series.

While camping in the forest, under-aged female punk Bobbie tries to seduce Deputy Walsh, a sheriff that is twice her age, but a man all the same.  When a search party comes to Walsh’s rescue, one of his captors accuses the lawman of having improper relations with Bobbie the minor.

Before the matter can be resolved, a carelessly tossed cigarette sets the forest ablaze.

Featuring footage from two real forest fires seamlessly edited into the story’s nail-biting climax.

Kansas City Bomber (1972)

Roller girl K.C. Carr (Raquel Welch) skates for the Kansas City Bombers until a rivalry with one of her own teammates gets her traded to the Portland Loggers. The team is a mess, run by the dishonest Burt Henry (Kevin McCarthy) and led by drunken captain Jackie Burdette (Helena Kallianiotes). The only teammate K.C. befriends is the veteran “Horrible” Hank Hopkins (Norman Alden). But when Hank ends up being traded, K.C. is forced to fight back against her crooked team.  Rachel Welch referred to this film as her favorite.  Jody Foster plays Carr’s daughter.

Northwest Reports: Randy Nolan Boyd Guilty of Negligent Homicide

Former Sheriffs Deputy Randy Nolan Boyd took his wife,  Joyce, and two children on a climbing expedition on the cliffs west of Bend, Oregon. That is when Randy Nolan Boyd became a widower.  The judge said “I strongly suspected that he murdered his wife, and if he did not, he took advantage of  what happened and was not unhappy with the result.” Boyd was acquitted of murder but found guilty of criminally negligent homicide.

Golden Earrings (1947)

On a Paris bound airplane in 1945, Colonel Ralph Denistoun, of British Intelligence, is being interviewed by American correspondent Quentin Reynolds. His story begins in Germany in 1939, before war had been officially declared, but he and fellow agent Richard Byrd, stationed in Germany, are being held prisoner, incommunicado, because of their knowledge of a deadly poison gas formula perfected by Professor Krosigk for the Nazi war machine. Escaping, Denistoun and Byrd go separate ways, agreeing to meet later at a Freiburgn sign post on the road near Eschbach. Denistoun is making his way through the woods when he meets Lydia, a Hungarian gypsy girl, who offers to help him. She pierces his ears for dazzling golden earrings, stains his skin, dresses him in Zigeneur clothes and teaches him to read palms. His disguise if perfect and he emerges unharmed from several encounters with Nazi patrols. Byrd is killed by the Gestapo, leaving Denistoun on his own to contact Krosigk, a violent anti-Nazi, who gives the Britisher the secret of the poison gas. Aided by Lydia and Zoltan, the gypsy leader, Denistoun escapes from Germany across the Rhine to France, with a promise to return to Lydia after the war.  Starring Ray Milland, Marlene Dietrich and Murvyn Vye.